CAIRO: Quartet Envoy to the Middle East Tony Blair arrived in Cairo Saturday to hold talks with Egyptian officials on the ongoing conflict between Hamas militants and Israel, Youm7 reported.
Blair telephoned Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri on Thursday to discuss ways of abiding by a 2012 ceasefire between the Palestinians and Israel.
Increased attacks on Gaza began early July when Israel accused Hamas of kidnapping and killing three Israeli students whose corpses were found last Monday. However, Hamas denied any role in carrying out the killing but Israel responded with a bombing campaign in Gaza and the Palestinian militant groups in Gaza fired rockets into Israel.
On Wednesday, Israeli authorities found the 16-year-old Palestinian Mohamed Abo Khodeir dead and the police said that it was a revenge killing by Jewish extremists for the murders of the three Israeli boys.
Israel blames Hamas for starting the clashes, Avichay Adraee, Israeli military spokesperson stated on his Facebook page Wednesday.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Friday Israel has attacked more than 1,000 targets since attacks began Monday against Gaza militants and that “there are still more to go.” according to REUTERS.
Arab foreign ministers will hold an emergency meeting on Monday to discuss the ongoing conflict between Hamas militants and Israel, Youm7 reported Saturday
On Friday, Kuwait, currently holding the rotating Arab League (AL) leadership, has called on to hold an “urgent” foreign ministerial meeting to discuss how to de-escalate the ongoing conflict between Hamas and Israeli military.
Since the beginning of the Israeli airstrike on Gaza Monday, over 120 Palestinians, including children and women have been killed, AFP reported Friday.